I am often asked, “Jodi, how do you get it all done?” I’m a busy gal with three busy kids and a great husband who just happens to be a wee bit busy with a submarine. My schedule is crazy-town all the time. How do I do it? Sometimes I don’t even know. “Just keep swimming!” and “I think I can! I think I can!” are pretty much my mantras.
But some days … last Saturday for instance … there’s just too much on my plate. Saturday, when all I really wanted to do was sleep in and take a family day, I woke up feeling overwhelmed. The instant my eyes popped open, I just knew … “Today is going to be too much!” All I wanted was to go back to sleep and ignore the long list of chores and errands ahead of me.
But I can’t do that. Lots of people depend on me, and honestly, being able to sleep at night depends on me getting it all done. Here’s how I OVERcome OVERwhelmed.
- Make a list. A friend suggested, “Make a list of things that MUST be done, and things that you’d like to get done (in order of actual priority) and then tackle one at a time, and when you get done with each one give yourself some sort of reward (a break, some chocolate, a cup of coffee, etc.)” That’s great advice! Just seeing it all on paper makes it more manageable.
- Now cut the list. After I make my list, I start making cuts. Bountiful Baskets, Commissary, AND Safeway? Good-bye Safeway! Cutting a few jobs off the list that are un-necessary or impossible (homemade Cinderella costume anyone?) lightens the load.
- Add to the list. Add something to look forward to. I like to add in a Starbucks stop or a visit with a friend. Like my reader said … give yourself a reward!
- Check it off! Seeing more and more jobs crossed off the list makes me work harder. I am a girl who loves a checklist, and seeing tasks one-lined, highlighted, or erased is motivating and energizing!
- Outsource. It’s taken me years, but I have finally learned how to ask for help. I give my kids a list of jobs around the house to finish. I utilize committee members for group activities. I ask friends to help out as well! I’m only one person, but I’m so lucky to have people in my life who pitch in!
As important as it is to me to get it all done, I have learned that I can’t always do it all, and I can rarely do it all alone. It really does take a village! Having a plan, sticking to it, and asking for help when I need helps me “just keep swimming” until “I think I can!” becomes “I knew I could!”
How do you get it all done? Are you a list-person like me, or is it all in your head, like my husband?
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On Friday, I’m bringing something new and a little different to Back on Land. You don’t want to miss it! Plus there might just be a little giveaway … but you gotta be here to win!